The America Georgia Business Council (AGBC) hosted its 19th Annual Conference in Washington, DC on Dec 7th 2016. The conference venue was generously donated by the premier global law firm, Baker & McKenzie.
The conference marked a turning point in Georgia's development with the focus of the conference principally being spent on private sector development and Georgia's role as an ever more important global transit hub.
Participants heard from panelists including representatives of the Georgian and US government's, experts from International Financial Institutions (IMF and OPIC), and representatives of private industry. Guests Keynote address were given by:
- Bruce Andrew, US Deputy Secretary of Commerce
- Levan Davitashvili, Georgian Ministry of Agriculture
- Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
- Judith Pryo, Vice President of External Affairs of OPIC
Additionally, two important project announcements were made. Famed Georgian Doctor, Dimitri Tvildiani and Dr. Bill Lang of Inova Health, announced a recently signed MOU to develop a world class oncology and cardiology clinic to be named the 'American Hospital Tbilisi.' Ms. Stephanie Komsa, the COO of Gazelle Finance, announced a new $26mm SME focused fund to enhance access to capital to rapidly growing Georgian businesses.
Some of the presentations shown at the conference have been made available below: